The second annual GFNY Cozumel bike race was held this Sunday, November 22 in Cozumel, Mexico. 1,700 Athletes from 35 countries such as South Africa, Australia, USA, Canada, UK, France, Netherlands, Germany and nearly all Latin American countries, attended the event. Riders enjoyed fully closed roads under ideal conditions with an unusual lack of the trade winds and lots of Caribbean sunshine.
Each week we keep a track of what the members of our Strava club get up to and report back on who rode the most over the week, who rode the longest in a single ride and who tackled the most ascent. We then post the results of the winners here as a celebration of all the cycling efforts.
Join our Strava club then get the miles in to see if you can take the lead.
The annual cycling spectacular in Lincoln causing confusion after two events have been planned for the same time and in exactly the same place for 2016.
The Lincoln Festival of Cycling brings in thousands of cyclists to the city from all over the country every May. As part of the event, the Lincoln Sportive, enables amateur cyclists a chance to ride the same route as the professionals.
Gazette Live has reported that Jake Harland, a 12-year-old from Roseworth, was threatened at around 9.20pm on Friday November 6th by a man with a knife. The incident took place on Durham Road, close to the roundabout of Bishopton Road, Darlington Lane and Durham Road bypass in Stockton.
Following the excitement of the Tour de France 2016 route release last month Tour de Force are delighted to announce that sales for the 2016 event will open at 9am on Wednesday 11th November to all riders who have registered interest and received their priority booking code.
The days are getting steadily colder as we approach the winter months and riding can be a chilly and sometimes unpleasant experience if you've not got the right gear, that's why we've teamed up with D2D to provide a rider with a bundle to enhance their days in the saddle this winter.
The winter bundle contains a long sleeved base layer (either men's or women's specific), waterproof full-fingered neoprene gloves and an excellently named 'head and neck thingy' which ranges from a neck warmer to a balaclava with many other options in between.
Oscar Tovar from Colombia, the winner of the 2015 Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York and first annual GFNY Championship, tested positive for synthetic testosterone use during the in-competition doping controls administered by US Anti Doping Agency (USADA) at the race. Tovar has been banned from any competition under World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) rules for two years and by GFNY for lifetime at any GFNY World event.
Brand new for 2016 comes the updated Energie GR from online giant Chain Reaction Cycles, a no-nonsense, budget cyclo-cross bike that offers sportivistes a low cost way into the burgeoning adventure-cross market.
I had quite a long break from cycling until five years ago when I returned to the scene, and although technologies had moved on quite a bit as you would expect, one thing did stand out for me – factory wheels. Everywhere I looked virtually every bike I saw had a factory wheelset. Even the upgrades were off the shelf items.
With every supermarket seemingly tripping over themselves to provide low cost alternatives to the consumer, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised at what the folks at Sportive HQ have come up with. A fully fledged, cyclosportive for less than £20.
I think I might be cursed. This ride was based at Ludlow Racecourse, relatively local and in a picturesque part of Shropshire but I have a track record here… with the weather. Last year it was torrential rain in September, this time it was thick fog and light rain. Sorry everyone, my fault.
How things can change. Yesterday I was riding in fog and drizzle, yet today it’s blue skies and bright Autumn sunshine ahead of the revamped and relocated Tour Ride, brought to Worcester by the same team that organise the Tour of Britain, Tour Series and the Women’s Tour among other events. As such, expectations were high, and they had scored a first win with the weather.
Warm, comfortable feet are essential for an enjoyable ride. Exposed to the elements and right in the line of fire of front wheel spray and mud, your feet are under constant attack throughout the off-season. With most cycling shoes designed to keep your feet cool and well ventilated a good pair of overshoes is crucial to keep your tootsies toasty on those cold, and often wet, winter rides.
Endura has an impressive line-up of overshoes to suit any style of riding, climate, and weather. Here’s an overview of the new styles for this Autumn/ Winter
Dark cold gloomy nights and dank mud splattered lanes will soon be the norm for the next five months, whilst training for next year’s events and races in the UK. Spring can seem a long way off to stay focused, but sometimes all that's needed is an escape for a week or two, riding on different roads amongst some beautiful scenery, with the warm sun on your back to boost morale and fitness.
Invariably, unless they are sitting on an Essax saddle, the bottoms of the world’s greatest cyclists sit on a saddle produced in the same factory as all the others - no matter the brand. Essax is different. For a start the Essax Tudons is made in the EU, Alicante in fact. So it was fitting that we collected the Essax Tudons Carbon from just down the road near Murcia. In the recent past, some would say Essax might be a little too avant garde for comfort with their most famed ‘shark-fin’; but the Tudons is, in that sense, very ordinary.
I’m not quite sure how I got invited to join this ride. Like so many good ideas, it started with a drink in the pub with a friend. Having ridden the Rapha Manchester to London ride late last summer, which took us through some glorious parts of England, we were discussing other interesting routes and places to ride our bikes.
A sportive in Scotland at the end of September could go either way, weather-wise. In Scotland, we have weather … lots of it … and so it was a bold decision by the organisers to hold the inaugural Etape Royale so late in the season – but it was a gamble that paid off in spades.
Sportives are a big industry now, with events across the world featuring tens of thousands of riders at their biggest, but every now and then it’s those small local events that can sometimes really stand out in this huge market place we have at our fingertips.
Although not as numerous as in the middle of the last century, London does still have its iconic bike shops – Brixton Cycles south of the river, Condor in the heart of the city and Pearsons to the west. If you’re a north Londoner, Mosquito is the place to head.